As St. Pete continues to debate merits of curbside recycling, consider this point

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St. Petersburg’s voluntary curbside recycling program may not be on life support, but it is certainly in critical condition.

Waste Services of Florida told city officials it will not renew its contract with the city when it expires in October.

Participation in the program is about a third of what officials projected when it began in late 2010.

Here’s an important point to consider…

The presence of bins means we consume more:

Newly published research suggests the presence of that receptacle may inspire you and your officemates to use more paper than you otherwise would, depleting natural resources in the process. “Consumers may view the ability to recycle a product as a ‘get out of jail free card’ that makes consumption more acceptable,” write Jesse Catlin of the University of California, Irvine and Yitong Wang of Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.